Darren Bent has admitted he was baffled by Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to reinstate goalkeeper Jordan Pickford against Manchester United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England and Spurs striker claimed the Italian should not have revealed his plan last week and let the situation play out.
The England international missed his first-ever Premier League game for the Toffees against Newcastle United as he was replaced with Robin Olsen.
The 30-year-old made his Toffees debut at St. James’ Park after moving to Merseyside on loan from Roma on deadline day last month.
Ancelotti said after the game that he got the nod to give Pickford a rest and confirmed the 24-year-old would return for the visit of Man Utd.
“Maybe it was a bit of a warning shot,” Bent told Football Insider.
“For me, when you do that and you come out pretty early and say that, if the other goalkeeper had come in and been sensational and played really well I don’t see how you take him straight out.
“Maybe just don’t say anything and see how he plays out.
“He was back in there today, he has been making mistakes, you can’t deny that fact.
“He doesn’t want to let it happen again because next time he might be out for a little bit longer so he needs to get his head back down again and play as well as we know he can do.
“We’ve seen the signs before Jordan Pickford is a top goalkeeper, he needs to get back to that consistency. And then, hopefully, we can see the very best of him.”